Visas and Study Permits
Applying for a study permitYou need a study permit to come to Canada. Depending on where you live, the processing time can be just a few weeks or as long as a few months.
In the last decade more and more foreign students, temporary workers and visitors have been coming to Canada. This means that processing times through Citizenship and Immigration Canada are longer.
To avoid disappointment, you should apply at least 4 to 6 months before your program starts.
Before you apply for a study permit, you will need:
- the letter of acceptance from Lakeland College
- a receipt for your tuition deposit
- Lakeland College's designated learning institution number( DLI) is O18777577472
- your passport
- other documents required by the Canadian government. See the online document checklist
- proof that you have sufficient funds for your education and living expenses while you study in Canada
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has many resources to help you. A great place to start is their web section on international students.
Applying for your study permit
There are two ways to apply for your study permit
- online using Student Direct Stream
- through a Visa Application Centre
You may be able to apply online for your study permit through Student Direct Stream. Currently legal residents from these 6 countries are eligible for the Student Direct Stream:
The other option is a Visa Application Centre. Currently there are over 130 of these centres in over 90 countries.
- answer your questions in your local language
- provide computers to apply online
- collect your biometrics such as fingerprints and photograph
- schedule interviews
- provide photographs and photocopies
- securely transmit application documents and passports
5 Tips to Speed Up Your Application
Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers 5 tips to help you complete your study permit application. Following these suggestions will prevent delays from missing documents. These tips are:
Make sure all the required documents are complete and legible (can be easily read). If information is missing or unclear, your application will be delayed.
Pay the proper fee. In many countries you can pay in the local currency. Check with your local office. If you don't pay, or submit the wrong amount, you application could be delayed or denied.
- Apply online or through a Visa Application Centre (VAC). If there's a centre in your country consider using it.
- Apply early. You can check average visa processing times. Even though your country may have a quicker average time, it's best to apply at least 4 to 6 months before your classes start.
- Get your medical exam and police certificates as soon as possible. You aren't required to submit them with your application, but if you do, your application can be processed faster.
- To find out if you require a medical exam for your visa, check the list of countries/territories Immigration Canada requires medical exams from
- You may need a police certificate. The basic student visa doesn't require this certificate, but it may be asked for later in the application process.
- Use the document check list in the application kit
- Provide certified translations in English of all supporting documents such as transcripts, police certificates and other official documents
- Check with the Canadian visa office in your region or country to see if you need to fill out any additional forms or provide any additional documents
- There are videos you can watch with tips on how to fill out your application.
Study Permit and Visa Extension Letter Requests
If you are a current International Lakeland student needing to extend your study permit or request a Visa extension letter, you will need the Study Permit and Visa Extension Request form.